australian actress Olivia Newton-John made a moving post on Instagram just a few days before dying at the age of 73, after a long battle against breast cancer. The actress passed away peacefully. at home in southern california this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Her husband, John Easterling, was in charge of announcing her death on his Facebook page.
“Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time. Olivia has been a symbol of triumph.” and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” the post reads.
Just a few days before his death, She shared a photo of herself on social media sitting next to her husband John. The image was posted with the caption: “#flashbackfriday.” australian singer Delta Goodrem She was one of the first to comment on the post. “So beautiful,” he wrote.
Fans also posted heartwarming messages for the star, telling her that they had her in their prayers. One wrote: “Wishing you continued good health,” one fan wrote. “I have you in my prayers. Love and light.” Another said: “Thinking of you Olivia. Sending you love and light from the south of France.”
Among the first people to pay tribute to Olivia after her death was John Travolta, her “Grease” co-star, the 1978 film that catapulted his career.
“My dearest Olivia, you made our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We’ll see each other down the road and we’ll all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny , you John!” he wrote in an Instagram post.
The family asked for donations to be made to their cancer organization, the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, instead of sending flowers. She is survived by her 36 year old daughter, Chloe Lattanzi. Chloe posted a loving tribute to her mother on Instagram three days ago. “I adore this woman. My mother. My best friend,” she wrote.
His fight against cancer
The actress beat breast cancer twicebut was diagnosed again in 2017. In a disturbing interview with “The Guardian” in 2020, she said of the disease: “It’s been a part of my life for so long. I felt something was wrong. It’s worrying when he comes back, but I thought ‘I’ll get over it again’.”
In other interviews, when asked how he fought the disease so bravely, he said, “I’ve had and have an amazing life, so I have no complaints. Everybody goes through something. We all have something we have to go through in life. This has been my challenge.”
Born in England to an MI5 agent father, Newton-John and her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, when she was six years old. Returned to the UK as a teenager to pursue a singing career and starred in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.
His big break in “Grease” came four years later. It is well known that he resisted the role, initially turning down producer Allan Carr because he thought that she was too old to play “Sandy”. However, when the film was released, it was an immediate international success and she became a world sex symbol.
Newton-John defended her transition from sweet to sexy over the next few years and amid a wave of criticism during the #MeToo movement.
“It’s a movie. It’s a story from the ’50s where things were different. Everyone forgets that, in the end, he also changes for her. There’s nothing deep in there about the #MeToo movement. It’s just a girl who loves a guy.” boy, and he thinks if he does that, he’ll like it. And he thinks if he does that, she’ll like it. I think that’s pretty real. People do that for each other. It was a fun love story.”
Riding the wave of success of “Grease”, enhanced her new status as a sex symbol with “Physical”, her most successful album and single released in 1981. It was dedicated to her first husband, Matt Lattanzi, to whom she was married from 1984 to 1995. After “Grease”, Newton-John’s acting career faltered.
He appeared alongside Lattanzi in the movie “Xanadu” in 1980, but failed to impress at the box office. She took three years off work after the birth of her daughter in 1986, then received his first cancer diagnosis in 1992 when I was 44 years old.